Government Seeks Help to Stop Teacher-Led Cheating

Marion Herbert's picture
Friday, January 20, 2012

The Obama administration is creating a manual showing how schools can fight teacher-led cheating on standardized tests, asking educators to help stomp out "testing irregularities."

The move comes 10 months after a USA TODAY investigation found high erasure rates on standardized tests in many District of Columbia public schools, and six months after Georgia's governor released findings of a major investigation that found widespread cheating in Atlanta public schools.

The U.S. Department of Education says it will host a symposium on cheating and publish "best practices" recommendations on how to prevent, detect and respond to cheating in schools.

The government wants to know, among other things, how school culture plays a role in cheating and how school districts handle wrongdoing when it's found.

It also wants to know what can be done "to restore the credibility of a school system that has been tarnished by alleged or actual wrongdoing." It's giving educators a month to submit their best ideas.


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